Kentucky Trivia

On December 5, 1792, a commission, selected by the Kentucky Legislature, chose Frankfort as its capital.  The Commissioners were to select a site that pledged the most significant contribution toward constructing a statehouse.  Several cities bid, but Frankfort’s offer of several town lots, rent money from a tobacco warehouse, various building materials and $3,000 in cash from eight local citizens overwhelmed the others.  A three-story statehouse was completed in 1794 and burned to the ground in 1813.

December 5, 1891, Centre College beat the Louisville Athletic Club on the gridiron in Louisville 14-0.  This was Centre’s second of three games for the season and it was their second football season overall.  

December 5, 1908, Special Deputy Sheriff Wiley Litteral, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, died by gunshot as he accompanied a raiding party of Lawrence County Deputies and U.S. Marshals that were serving a warrant at a home on Coon Creek.

December 5, 1930, Policeman Paris Tipton Cook, Pineville Police Department, was shot and killed by a Bell County deputy who was upset after noting being appointed to the city police department.  Policeman Cook and another policeman were notified that the deputy was drunk and had fired a gun from a bridge.

December 5, 1931, Coach Harry Gamage’s Wildcats beats the Gators 7-2, to close out the regular season at 5-2-2.

December 5, 1946, because of a severe shortage of drinking water in Corbin the Louisville & Nashville railroad began shipping the valuable resource in from Middlesboro until rain arrived.

December 5, 1950, Dr. Jackson, a professor of mathematics, claimed that electronic calculators might take over the tasks of millions of white-collar workers within a decade.  Dr. Jackson was a consultant to the Ballistic Research Laboratory, which works on electronic computing machines.

On December 5, 1953, Cawood Ledford called his first UK basketball game, Kentucky played Temple.  Cawood’s only radio experience before calling UK games for WLEX was his two years of high school basketball and football games for WHLN in Harlan.

December 5, 1960, Governor Combs called for a state-wide crackdown of traffic law violators as 1960’s death toll passed 1959’s with three weeks remaining.  The clampdown came after seven highway deaths in Kentucky over the weekend.

December 5, 1964, at the Murray State College symposium, two experts on mental retardation agreed almost everyone, including specialist in the field, have talked too long about their disabilities and not their abilities.  The Kentucky Task Force on Special Education for the mentally retarded held their first meeting three days after the symposium.

December 5, 1966, Air Force COL Burriss N. Begley from Hyden in Leslie County and Army SGT Paul McGaughey from Louisville both died fighting in the Vietnam War.

December 6, 1969, Jennie Lou Nunn gets a kiss from her father, Governor L. Nunn, after he crowned her as Kentucky’s Cherry Blossom Princess in Washington.  She would go onto represent Kentucky during the annual Spring Festival in Washington.

Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Lexington native Susan Sloane-Lundy born in 1970.  Susan is a retired American professional tennis player who was one of the top 20 best players in the world.

December 5, 1972, former President Harry S. Truman, 88, was rushed to the hospital and placed in fair condition.

December 5, 1980, Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Thomas O. Harris and two other employees of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture were suspended from their jobs without pay for at least the duration of the burley tobacco marketing season.

December 5, 1987, a twin-engine plane crashed in flames on Versailles Road about 400 yards short of the runway at Bluegrass Airport.  The Hawker Siddeley HS-Executive Jet tried to make an emergency landing after reporting an engine on fire. 

December 5, 1998, Male beats Tates Creek 31-7 for the Class 4A State High School Football Championship.

December 5, 2000, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith presented Governor Patton 26 home grown Christmas Trees at the State Capitol.  The trees were displayed throughout the Capitol grounds over the holidays.

December 5, 2004, Richmond’s Woodlawn Home, built in 1822 was dismantled and moved.  Owsley Brown II CEO of Louisville’s Brown Foreman Corporation saved the historic home.   Woodland, considered one of the finest examples of Federal-style architecture in Kentucky, made Perseveration Kentucky Inc.’s. Most Endangered List in 2002.  

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December 5, 2009, St. Xavier beat Trinity 34-10 for the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

December 5, 2010, Mitch McConnell calls Julian Assange a “High Tech Terrorist.”  He stated on NBC’s Meet The Press he wants Assange prosecuted for divulging information, and if he didn’t break any laws, McConnell wants the laws changed.  Mitch and his colleagues agree they do not like people exposing dirty government secrets.

December 5, 2015, Male defeats Lafayette 41-14 for the Class 6A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

December 5, 2015, the Abraham Lincoln Bridge opens for people to walk across, all lanes were open two days later.  The bridge is parallel to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge upstream and carries six lanes of northbound I-65 traffic.  Tolls began on the bridge, connecting Louisville and Jeffersonville, the following year.

December 5, 2018, a Louisville armored car driver drives off with $850,000.

December 5, 2019, the process of starting to legalize sports betting in Kentucky began when 40 Kentucky lawmakers pre-filed House Bill 137.

December 5, 2019, Governor-elect Andy Beshear stated he would dismiss the Kentucky Education Commissioner and the State Board of Education when he took office.  He went on to say that he would restore voting rights for nonviolent offenders and continue Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton’s lawsuit against Governor Bevin.

December 5, 2019, Brian Adams, a junior at Perry County Central High School, showed journalists the new virtual reality consoles bought from a Berea College Grant.  Perry County High offers virtual reality development certification classes.

December 5, 2020, Kentucky reported 3,892 new cases and 23 (2,062) deaths.  With one day to go, the state set a new one week record for highest cases reported.  This day saw 1,731 hospitalized, 401 in intensive care and 226 on ventilators.